Is it a Sin to Get Angry?
Is it wrong to get angry? What does the Bible say about handling anger? There are 243 verses in the Bible that mention anger. Even God was angry many times in the Old Testament:
2 Samuel 24:1
2 Kings 21:6
God was also “slow to anger” (Exodus 34:6, Numbers 14:18, Joel 2:13, Nahum 1:3) and his anger only lasted “for a moment” (Psalm 30:5). God often “holds back his anger” (Psalm 78:38, Isaiah 48:9).
Biblical Anger Management
But what does this mean for us? How should we handle our anger? The Book of Proverbs contains many messages about anger management. Proverbs 14:29 states, “Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes.” (New Living Translation). Proverbs 15:1, in the Message version, reminds us that “A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.” In the New Living Translation, Proverbs 19:11 says, “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.” In Ephesians 4:26 we are encouraged, "In your anger do not sin: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”Permission is granted to reprint this article in your newsletter or magazine as long as the following information is included: "Jama Thurman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Life Coach working in Manassas, VA with adolescents and young adults looking for peace and purpose. For more information about counseling and life coaching, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lifechanginggrowth.com."